“Raising Dion”: How does a non-superpowered single mom raise her budding superhero?

Parenting is hard, single parenting is harder, and single parenting a POC super-powered child when you yourself are an ordinary human is the Mount Everest of hard.

Meet Dion and his mom Nicole. Nicole is widow, trying to raise her extraordinary son, Dion. Dion can levitate objects, turn himself invisible, teleport and zap things. Nicole is already struggling to guide Dion in his development, but then she notices mysterious men following her…

“Have you ever wondered what it’s like to raise a superhero?” Nicole asks in a trailer for the comic book. “How do you give him a normal childhood? How do you protect him from the world?”

Raising Dion is the brainchild of Dennis Liu, who is actually known for directing music videos for various clients such as Starbucks, Microsoft and Toyota. When he turned his attention to comics he decided that he wanted to write a comic with a “strong female protagonist”, and subvert the usual Dead Parents trope. As his own website says:

Imagine Superman, but from Martha Kent’s point of view. Or imagine Spiderman, but from Aunt May’s point of view. This is a superhero story, but from the parent’s point of view. But unlike her son, she doesn’t have any powers.

You can download the first issue for FREE here. if you want to support his work, you can also buy a copy at the links provided on his website.

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